Franz Weinschenk

Host, Valley Writers Read

Franz Weinschenk, his parents and his older brother Fritz were indeed lucky to get out of Germany just before World War II.  For a while they lived in Brooklyn, N.Y., before moving to Madera, CA.  He graduated from Madera High and Fresno State.  From 1948 to 1952 he taught at Edison High School in Fresno after which he was drafted and served in the US Army for two years. 

After being discharged, he started teaching speech and English at Fresno City College.  As the years passed, besides his teaching assignments, he was chosen to be the school's first yearbook adviser, their first debate coach, and the first Dean of the college's brand new Humanities Division, a job he held for 12 years.  He retired from working full-time in 1980, but to this day continues teaching at least one evening class.  From 1980 to 1988, he served as the director of the Volunteer Bureau of Fresno County.  Franz has three children and lives with his wife Sally. He enjoys power walking, swimming and biking.

Pages

Valley Writers Read
10:38 am
Wed April 22, 2015

"The Grape Fields" by Mary Benton on Valley Writers Read

This week on Valley Writers Read we hear a story by local author Mary Benton titled "The Grape Fields." The story is read by Leigh Murray.

Read more
Valley Writers Read
9:45 am
Wed April 15, 2015

"Johnnie Ray and Miss Kilgallen" by Bonnie Hearn Hill

This week on Valley Writers Read we hear a story titled “Johnnie Ray and Miss Kilgallen” by Bonnie Hearn Hill, and read by her husband Larry. Find out about the early days of television and radio, about some of the prominent TV, radio and journalism personalities of that era.  Learn more about their private lives and popular shows like “What's My Line.”

Read more
Valley Writers Read
5:33 pm
Thu April 9, 2015

"The Bucket List" by Oscar G. Williams on Valley Writers Read

This week on Valley Public Radio's Valley Writers Read, we hear a story by local author Oscar G. Williams titled “Bucket List." Read by Don Weaver, the story is about a list of four activities the children and grandchildren of two well-to-do 65 year old twins come up with for their grandparents to enjoy in their old age – golfing, skiing, motorcycling, and jumping out of airplanes at 10,000 feet.

Read more
Valley Writers Read
6:04 pm
Wed April 1, 2015

Memories of Brooklyn by Franz Weinschenk on Valley Writers Read

A persecuted German family that was lucky enough to get out of Nazi Germany before WWII started life over again in Brooklyn, New York.  The story describes how they dealt with their new neighborhood, living conditions, work, schools, illness, and America's deep depression.

Read more
Valley Writers Read
3:44 pm
Wed March 25, 2015

Janet Nichols Lynch's "Free Will" on Valley Writers Read

This week on Valley Writers Read, we hear a story by local author Janet Nichols Lynch titled "Free Will." Maureen is the lead character.  She's been divorced from Jack, while Patrick, the father of six-month old Audrey, is the other man.  But now some serious problems have come up and Maureen is thinking about starting life all over.

Read more
Valley Writers Read
4:37 pm
Wed March 18, 2015

"Memories of Growing Up with Friends" by James Varner on Valley Writers Read

This week on Valley Writers Read we hear a story by local author James Varner, "Memories of Growing Up with Friends." The story is all about the life-long friends the author made in the Bakersfield neighborhood where he grew up.  He tells us about the schools he went to and the profession he chose, and an event that brought back many memories, years later. 

Read more
Valley Writers Read
10:04 am
Wed March 11, 2015

Thomas Nance's "Dad's Address Book" on Valley Writers Read

This week on Valley Writers Read we hear a story by local author Thomas Nance, "Dad's Address Book." The story is set in the last part of World War II  in the Pacific.  The author re-constructs many of the stories about the infantry battles that we won in the South Pacific – island by island –  from letters his father wrote while serving under General Douglas McArthur.

Read more
Valley Writers Read
3:33 pm
Wed March 4, 2015

Mark Arax's "The Big Valley" On Valley Writers Read

This week on Valley Writers Read, we hear a piece by local journalist Mark Arax, who describes the huge farm show in Tulare where tractors sell for a quarter million dollars. Arax tells us about the unbelievable variety and staggering volume of farm production right here in the San Joaquin Valley. 

Valley Writers Read
11:55 am
Wed February 25, 2015

"Double Plots" by Judy Ryan on Valley Writers Read

This week on Valley Writers Read we hear a story titled “Double Plot” by Judy Ryan. Listen for a moving story about love and loss over the decades. 

Read more
Valley Writers Read
10:46 am
Thu February 19, 2015

"The Intersection" by Steve Yarbrough on Valley Writers Read

Steve Yarbrough

This week on Valley Writers Read, acclaimed novelist and former Fresno State professor Steve Yarbrough reads his story "The Intersection."

Read more
Valley Writers Read
4:00 pm
Wed February 11, 2015

"The Apprentice Farmhand" by Hank Palmer on Valley Writers Read

This week on Valley Writers Read we hear local author Hank Palmer read an autobiographical account of life growing up on a large Iowa farm.  Palmer's story documents how he gained an appreciation for the natural world of sunrises, sunsets, rain and wind, growing farm products like wheat, corn and hay, and all about how to raise chickens, cattle, pigs, and horses.

Read more
Valley Writers Read
6:17 pm
Wed February 4, 2015

"Apology" by Valerie Schultz on Valley Writers Read

This week on Valley Writers Read, we here a moving story by Kern County author Valerie Schultz titled "Apology." Hear the author read this story about love and loss.

Read more
Valley Writers Read
5:01 pm
Thu January 29, 2015

"The Drive" by Kevin H. Shah on Valley Writers Read

This week on Valley Writers read, we hear "The Drive" - a story by local author Kevin H. Shah, about a family vacation that doesn't go as planned. 

Read more
Valley Writers Read
3:19 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

"Down Old 99" By Marilyn Larson On Valley Writers Read

This week on Valley Writers Read we hear a story about relationships by local author Marilyn Larson "Down Old 99." 

Read more
Valley Writers Read
6:34 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

"Purgatory" by Liza Weiland on Valley Writers Read

This week on Valley Writers Read, we hear a story by local author Liza Weiland titled “Purgatory.” In it we hear about the challenges one woman faces in her life and a big decision that confronts her. 

Read more
Valley Writers Read
9:41 am
Wed January 7, 2015

"Baxter's Latest Gig" by Bob Hudgens on Valley Writers Read

This week on Valley Writers Read, we hear a short story by local author Bob Hudgens, about a loveable Labrador Retriever named Baxter, and the role he played in the lives of generations of people. The story is read by the author and Suzanne Watkins. 

Read more
Valley Writers Read
7:34 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Anne Marcella's "Miss Carmen" on Valley Writers Read

This week on Valley Writers Read, Anne Marcella reads “Miss Carmen.”  The story is about Carmen, an immigrant from Chile, who worked here in the Central Valley as a housekeeper for several wealthy society women .  But just because she's a servant, doesn't mean that she's servile.  Oh, no!  Just the opposite.  She falls in love with Manuel; but he has other ideas.

Read more
Valley Writers Read
7:30 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

"Oh, Those Gutsy Geezers" on Valley Writers Read

This week on Valley Writers Read, Jacklin and Ed Hibler read “Oh, Those Gutsy Geezers.”  You'll hear a story  about a retired couple who, after working many years, thought they were ready to retire, but, because they unfortunately had lost all their money, had to start over again. They get many bizarre jobs working for eccentric bosses.

Read more
Valley Writers Read
5:23 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

Kathryn Johnstone's 'Two Surgeries, One Voice' And Ed Miller's 'Done Deal' On Valley Writers Read

This week on Valley Writers Read we hear two stories:  Kathryn Johnstone reads “Two Surgeries, One Voice” and Ed Miller reads “Done Deal.”  The first story is about two operations – one went just fine, the other, very much awry.  The second story is about Nash, a sleazy criminal type, who wants to sell a car full of stolen goods over in Richmond, but barely survives a physical attack by the supposed buyers of the contraband.

Read more
Valley Writers Read
11:12 am
Wed June 4, 2014

Burlee Vang's 'Polaroids of Tom' On Valley Writers Read

This week on Valley Writers Read, author Burlee Vang reads his story “Polaroids of Tom.”  The story is about the author's younger brother Tom who was born with a fatal deformity.  He lived for only a week.   And then we learn that when his mother went to get a re-fill for the medicine she'd been taking, she was told  it was the wrong medicine.  So we're left to wonder if the medicine she'd been taking had anything to do with the baby's demise.

Read more

Pages